These Companies Will Help You Improve Your Home from the Inside Out
The International Builders Show kicks off its 75th year on January 10th. It can be a bit overwhelming with hundreds of exhibitors, keynote speakers galore, and exciting demonstrations to choose from. Fear not though, we have compiled a list of the top 10 must-see exhibitors for you do-it-yourselfers out there. These are the best of the best that will help you improve your home from the inside out.
Founded in 1878, Mohawk Flooring is the largest and most respected flooring company in the world—and with good reason. Their clients run the gamut from homeowners, to industrial builders, to designers and remodelers. Look for exciting new products to be introduced by them.
These days, whitewash and subtle gray tones are the go-to finishes when you want a neutral colored wood floor. Prefinished wood flooring is the best option if you want to go in this direction because you'll end up with exactly the color, shade, and subtle details you want (courtesy Mohwak Flooring).
With over 5,000 lighting fixtures to choose from, Progress Lighting is our go-to company for all of our lighting needs. With a commitment to energy-efficient products and extensive research and development, you are sure to find products that will meet your budget and energy needs.
GE Appliances needs no introduction. They are sure to be showcasing the best of their line. Melding new technology with style and functionality is their specialty, and year after year, they are a crowd pleaser.
4. Kitchen and Bath Fixtures: Kohler Co. (booth #W2000)
Kohler is the worldwide leader in bath and kitchen fixtures, providing a robust line of products and the newest trends in home decorating under the brand names of Kohler, Sterling, Kallista, Ann Sacks, and Robern. Founded in 1873, they lead the way in design, innovation, and development. Every year we are blown away by the innovations they exhibit; you are sure to find something to fit your needs.
Kohler, with its five brand lines of kitchen and bath fixtures and accessories, is sure to have the right product for you to choose for your project – no matter what your style. This kitchen faucet/pullout sprayer and satin stainless-steel sink would be just as much at home in a sleek, modern, urban kitchen as it would be in a contemporary Country or Craftsman style setting (courtesy Kohler Company).
For over 100 years, Andersen Windows has provided quality products, earning them the title of the granddaddy of windows. They have numerous certifications and awards under their belt for things like energy efficiency and green building.
JELD-WEN is one of the leading custom door manufacturers worldwide. Founded in 1960 and based out of North Carolina, they are our long time favorite. Bonus tip: If you are bringing kids to the show, they will enjoy opening the doors in the booth.
Right at home in a Bungalow style home with Craftsman design touches, this custom exterior door is a modern take on the traditional Dutch door. Having just the upper quarter of the door open independently gives the door design some eccentricity while maintaining an overall traditional feel (courtesy JELD-WEN).
7. Home Control/Automation: Nest Labs (booth P14, W5877)
Google-owned Nest is the worldwide leader in automating your home. They provide thermostats, smoke alarms, and indoor and outdoor cameras and have managed to make this the sexiest category on our list. They have both an indoor and an outdoor booth this year, and we are hoping that they will have a mockup building featuring their products!
Looking to spruce up your curb appeal for the summer? Look no further than Trex Company. They are the leader in low-maintenance, high-quality outdoor products for decks and railings, offering a leading environmental choice for builders and remodelers – decking is made from 95% recycled materials.
Composite decking – made from various types of plastic composite materials – is fast becoming the material of choice for decks. Technology has enabled manufacturers to closely replicate the look of natural wood while virtually eliminating the fading, splintering, warping, and maintenance associated with most wood decking materials (courtesy Trex Company). And many of the products are recyclable and/or made from recycled materials.
Founded in 1904, CertainTeed lives up to their slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed.” They are the leading brand of a vast line of North American exterior and interior building products, and their siding products make them a top pick for us.
Vinyl siding has evolved far past the ordinary lap siding you've seen in countless housing developments over the years. Styles that mimic cedar shakes and board-and-batten siding – and more– can be paired with stacked stone, for example, to provide a trendy Craftsman look, as on this ranch style house (courtesy CertainTeed).